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Basketball: Crabbe, Solomon get USA invites

Cal sophomores-to-be Allen Crabbe and Richard Solomon are among 17 players who have been invited to attend USA Basketball’s U19 national team tryout camp, June 17-24 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Twelve players will be chosen from the camp to represent the U.S. at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships, which will be staged June 30 through July 10 in Valmiera, Liepaja and Riga, Latvia.

Paul Hewitt, the new coach at George Mason University, will coach the U.S. team, aided by a staff that includes Saint Mary’s Randy Bennett. Team selections will be announced June 19 by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Committee, which includes Washington coach Lorenzo Romar.

Other players among the 17 invited to the tryout camp include Stanford’s Anthony Brown and Sacramento prep star Josiah Turner, who will play next season for Arizona. Jeremy Lamb of  NCAA champion UConn also is participating.

Jeff Faraudo